Deir ez-Zor people march to support the SDF
The people of Deir ez-Zor took to the streets to express support to the successful operations of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in the region and to protest the Turkish occupation.
The Syrian Revolutionary Youth Movement organized a march in the Hajin region of Deir ez-Zor to express their support for the SDF's operations against ISIS in the region and against the Turkish occupation.
The young people living in the eastern regions of Deir ez-Zor, as well as members of the institutions and organizations in the region and local residents participated in the march, which was organized with the motto "We will triumph against Turkish occupation with the spirit of youth and the will of the people". The SDF and Internal Security Forces took intense security measures throughout the march.
Making a statement during the action, the Syrian Revolutionary Youth Movement said the following:
"The SDF conducts operations to ensure peace and security in the region. As the Syrian Revolutionary Youth Movement, we support the SDF. The SDF must continue its operations until Deir ez-Zor is completely free from ISIS and other occupying forces. We call on the Syrian youth to recognize the reality of the revolution and their identity. We call on the youth, whose will has been crushed by ISIS, the Syrian regime and the occupant Turkish Republic, to take their place in the North and East Syrian Revolution and to fulfill their duties in order not to live as slaves. We will definitely win."
The action ended with the slogans "We are with SDF with our life and blood", “Şehit namirin” (Martyrs are immortal), "Jin, jiyan, azadî" (Woman, life, freedom), "We want to live freely", and "Occupant Turkey get out of the region".
ISIS remains very active in Syria and Iraq. The terrorist organization overran large parts of Iraq and Syria in the summer of 2014 and brought them under its control. Across state borders, its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in October 2019, proclaimed a caliphate - with himself at its head. Countless people were murdered in bestial ways, with some 10,000 falling victim to the genocide in the Yazidi settlement area of Shengal (Sinjar) alone. Iraq prematurely declared victory over ISIS at the end of 2017, and in neighboring Syria the militia's territorial rule was ended in spring 2019.
Even though thousands of ISIS jihadists have been arrested since then, underground structures formed in Iraq and Syria. In regions such as Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa, and Hama in Syria and Kirkuk, Baghdad, and Anbar in Iraq, these networks continue to carry out attacks. The frequency and quality of these attacks has increased significantly in recent weeks.